Doing Ludum Dare

I participated in Ludum Dare 45 this year. Ludum Dare is a semi-annual competition where you attempt to make a game over a single weekend. There are two flavours. The first is the “Compo”, where you have 48 hours to make everything as a single individual (no teams). You must release your source code and […]

Making My Models

Game art is really not one of my strong suits. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I think Hypergate looks pretty good. But first and foremost, I consider myself a programmer, not an artist. Here’s a 3D model I built back around 6 years ago at the beginning of Hypergate’s development. (I couldn’t find […]

Effective Level Editing

A few years ago, I completed a project called Dactyl. It was a 2D asteroids-shooter-type game. There were 25 hand-generated levels populated with mines, asteroids of various types, useful equipment, and automated turrets. To visualize each level before I implemented it, I used graph paper and a pencil*. Once I felt a level was complete, I plugged the object […]

July 26 — Where I’m At

Well, here we are so far. A lot of work has been completed since the last progress report. Voice recording and mastering is all done. That’s right. Every single line has been edited and made to sound like it’s coming over radio, so it’s all campaign-ready. I really enjoyed working with the individuals who were nice […]

July 5 — Where I’m At

It’s only been a week since my last update, but there’s been a lot of good progress. I’ll keep this quick since there’s a few other things I’d like to tackle this evening. So, here we go: Voice recording is nearly, nearly done. Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my goal of having all of the recording […]

June 28 — Where I’m At

Okay, this is a big update. A lot has been accomplished over the last while! The campaign script has received the final go-ahead from my editor/military consultant. His feedback has resulted in cleaner dialogue with a militaristic feel, which is definitely what I’m going for. Voice recording is proceeding, although much slower than I would like due to the time […]

Some Case Studies

Game programming is something I’ve been interested in since I was about 11 years old. I started by making simple programs and games in Visual Basic. Shortly afterwards, I made my bumbling way into the world of 3D game development, and I completed many projects using DarkBASIC. All of my games were very simple, but this is […]